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Having it all--anywhere to build with no/less restrictive codes AND good public schools?  RSS feed

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My husband and I have saved up about $100,00 and have good credit, so we finally feel ready to hunt some land and have a little hobby farm.

The thing is....we have two kids. And I don't want to raise them in a socially isolated environment where they will be bored and without social outlets and activities. We really value education and, while I'm not expecting to send my kids to the "TOP SCHOOL!" (that usually translates as rich and white anyways), I do want my kids to go to a good school with caring teachers and a good community.

My parents have a lovely home on Whidbey Island and we enjoy visiting and going to the many fairs, parades, and community events. Unfortunately, building codes seem to be very strict in this area (Island County). Womp-womp.

Are we just chasing an unattainable fantasy?
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Hi Cat; Welcome to Permies!
I'm afraid the coastal areas are certainly out. I'm thinking all of Washington and Oregon are very restrictive ,well about everything and anything they can make a buck on...Traffic is insane west of the cascades.
That moves you inland.  Idaho or western Montana.   Sadly your children will not have a lot of social activity's or you will be transporting them many miles each day for them to have some.
If your children are boys they may (like I did) like having a national forest to wonder in, camp in , fish in , go hunting with the adults. Boating, skiing ,  snowmobiling. There are plenty of things in the forest to occupy a youngster (girls included).  Mom & Dad may feel differently about this. Everything is miles away.  Shopping, banking, social entertainment.  

The wonder of rural living is, your the boss. You see things daily that others only see in photos. You have clean air , clean water , neighbor's who will do anything to help out. I haven't locked the door on my house in 40 years... You can raise your own livestock, you can build, any building anyplace ,  anyway you like.  Heck I don't recommend it but you can have an outhouse if you want one.

Bottom line , you can't have it both ways.  Peaceful & beautiful inland or the crazy hectic,  rule bound area's to the west.  
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